PONY CLUB ACTIVITIES
Posted May 31, 2011
Members of the Grand Vally Pony
Club will have a booth at the Fruita Co-op Tack Swap this Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The same day, the organizatio
will be conducting a membership drive at the Mack Sale Barn during the Horsemen's Health Fair, from 9 a.m. to Noon. For more
information, call Julie Ellis at 970-241-5775.
TRAIL WORK FOR NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
Posted May 31
Grand Mesa Back Country Horsemen plan to work with the BLM on a trail near Gunnison Gorge this Saturday, June 4, for National
Trails Day. Here is the infor from Terry Randall, with the group:
Trails Day is June 4th. Those trails that you have enjoyed riding didn't happen by themselves. Someone built them
and maintained them. FInd your favorite trail and do some clearing or maintaining or join us at Smith Hill Recreation
Site at 9 am on Saturday. Hwy 90 toward Austin. Go right on H75 Rd. Follow it past the new trail head
for the Sidewinder Trail and up the hill. There are a few signs pointing toward The BLM area but they are on the
left side of the road
MORE ON EHV-1
Posted May 27, 2011
While the outbreak of equine herpes
virus-1 seems to have quieted down in Colorado, there was more disturbing news out of Utah Thursday.
According to news outlets in Utah, five newly suspected cases of the equine herpes virus
were reported by private veterinarians in Utah on Thursday, bringing the total suspected cases to 13. And rodeo queen contestants
in one area were left to compete on stick horses.
have been confirmed to have the disease, the Deseret News reported and all cases, suspected and confirmed, have been confined
to six private locations in Box Elder, Davis, Kane and Utah counties.
A total of 415 horses — brought to
Utah from 19 different states — were exposed to the equine herpes virus during a regional cutting horse competition
held at the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden earlier this month. Approximately 50 horses throughout the West are believe to have
contracted the disease as a result of he cutting horse show held in Ogden May 2-8.
In the Grand Valley, Colorado State Veterinarian for Western Colorado, Dr. Dan Love, has joined the program of the
Horsemen's Health Fair June 4 to discuss the equine herpes outbreak. The Horsemen's Health Fair will be held at the Western
Slope Cattlemen's Salebarn in Loma. It is sponsored by All Around Feed & Farmacy.
Below is a link to the Deseret News article on EHV-1.
Deseret News story on equine herpes outbreak
CASES OF EHV-1 HOLDING STEADY
Posted May 25, 2011
According to the Colorado Department
of Agriculture and other news sources, the number of horses confirmed to have the Equine Hepres Virus-1, or suspected of having
it, has been holding steady since this past weekend. No new cases have been reported and no more horses have had to be euthanized.
That's great news. Keeping suspected horses quarantined and postponing horse events
has aparently helped. As I reported in The Daily Sentinel Tuesday, the BLM has even asked horseback riders to stay out of
the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range north of Grand Junction, at least until this Friday, to alleviate the threat of wild
horses potentially contracting the virus.
Here's hoping it is
all settled down and things get back to normal next month.
HORSEMAN'S HEALTH FAIR
Posted May 22, 2011
Coming up in two weeks —
June 4 — is the Horseman's Healh Fair at the Western Slope Cattleman's Sales Barn in Loma.
Sponsored by All Around Feed and Farmacy in Fruita, it is to include a presentation from Taylor Moss, a nutiritionist
with Purina; Dr. Lindsey Helvey, of the Glenwood Springs Veterinarian Clinic, discussing management of Equin Colic; and Dr.
John Harris presenting on lameness involving the foot.
will likely also be a discussion about the Equine Herpesvirus outbreak and the latest news from that front.
The health fair is free to the public, and the sponsors hope to make it an annual
PREAKNESS DONE, ON TO BELMONT
Posted May 22, 2011
Too bad, as far as I'm concerned,
that Animal Kingdom came up just short in the Preakness. Another few strides and he would have caught Shackleford to win the
second leg of the Triple Crown. But, as Johnny Velasquez said, he was just too far behind when he made his charge. A slow
break from the gate and dirt in his face early on slowed him down a bit, Velasquez said.
Here's a link to an ESPN story on what happens next.
ESPN story on Animal Kingdom and the Belmont Stakes
Posted May 20, 2011
When the Preakness Stakes is run
Saturday, Animal Kingdom will be the favorite, but not by a large margin. The winner of the Kentucky Derby will be tested
by the likes of Dialed In and Mucho Macho Man. There may even be a dark horse, a long shot that wins the race. I'm rooting
for Animal Kingdom, but I think it will be a close race.
is a link to a good article on handicapping the race.
New York Post article on Preakness
Posted May 20, 2011
Not a lot new so far today. The information
below is from Thursday's update on the Colorado Department of Agriculture website.
8 confirmed cases of horses with EHV-1
Two horses, which tested positive for EHV-1, were euthanized after showing
severe neurological signs associated with the disease.
22 suspect cases. Suspect cases are those horses that are believed
to have been exposed to EHV-1 but confirmatory tests are still pending.
10 quarantine and hold orders have been issued
in 6 counties (Bent, Boulder, Larimer, Mesa, Morgan & Weld)
State Fair Horse Shows Cancelled
Colorado State Fair organizers have voluntarily cancelled three equine events following
the spread of EHV-1.
Zamora Roping originally scheduled for May 20-22, 2011. Reschedule date pending.
Regional originally scheduled May 27-30, 2011. Rescheduled for October 7-10, 2011
Sagebrush Slide Cow Horse Show originally
scheduled June 1-5, 2011. Rescheduled for August 10-14, 2011
EQUINE HERPES UPDATE
Posted May 19
Below is my update from today's edition of
The Daily Sentinel.
Mesa County Fairgrounds’ equestrian area was closed to horses Thursday, and will remain closed for possibly
two weeks, due to the outbreak of equine herpesvirus in the region, the fairgrounds manager said.
The decision came as
the Colorado Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday there are now six confirmed cases of horses with the disease in
this state, and 14 suspected cases.
Five of those horses attended the cutting-horse competition in Ogden, Utah, earlier
this month, where the current outbreak is believed to have originated. The sixth horse came into contact with a horse that
had attended the Ogden competition.
While most of the Mesa County fairgrounds remains open for a variety of activities,
the equine area has been closed, and no horses are allowed in, to protect horses.
“We have no confirmation of any
animal that was here at the fairgrounds has been infected or exposed,” said Marsha Kosteva, the fairgrounds manager.
“We are in the process, of contacting leaders of our equestrian groups and asking them to make inquiries.”
In addition to the temporary closure of the equestrian facility, the county has postponed the dedication ceremony for the
new horse barn, constructed this past winter, at the fairgounds. The ceremony had been originally scheduled for today. [Thursday].
At least one horse in Mesa County that attended the competition in Utah has been confirmed to have the disease, and two
others are under quarantine.
Two horses on the Front Range that attended the show in Utah have been euthanized, according
to the Department of Agriculture. One was confirmed to have EHV-1, and one was supected of having the disease. A total of
nine horses in three Front Range counties, as well as Mesa County, have been quarantined because of the disease.
temporary closure of the equestrian facilities at the Mesa County Fairgrounds is just one of a number of horse-related venues
and events that have been cancelled or postponed as a result of the EHV-1 virus. In addition to the closure of the fairground
equestrian area, other closures or cancellations include:
-- The Heart of the West Horse Sale, scheduled for Saturday
at Western Slope Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction has been postponed.
-- The Mesa County Sheriff’s Posse Poker
Run, set for Saturday, has been postponed.
-- The Monument Riding Club Gymkhana, scheduled for Saturday at 960 20 Road,
has been cancelled.
-- The 4-H Gymkhana, scheduled for Sunday at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Posse arena on 25 and
F 1/2 roads has been postponed.
According to the Agriculture Department, EHV-1 is not transmissible to people but it
can cause respiratory, neurologic damage and death in horses. “The most common way for EHV-1 to spread is by direct
horse-to-horse contact,” the department said. “It can also be spread by contaminated tack, equipment, and
people’s clothing.” Additionally, it can be spread through the air by horses sneezing and coughing.
of the disease include fever of over 102 degrees, decreased coordination, nasal discharge, urine dribbling, loss of tail tone,
hind-limb weakness, leaning against a wall or fence to maintain balance, lethargy, and the inability to rise.
owners should isolate any sick horses and immediately contact their veterinarian,” the Agriculture Deparment advised.
EQUINE HERPES STRIKES WEST
Posted May 18, 2011
Here is the article
I wrote for this morning's edition of The Daily Sentinel. The article also mentioned separately the new restrictions on bringing
horses into Colorado (your veterinarian will have to call the Colorado Department of Agriculture to request a special permit
number to bring a horse into the state.) I'll add updates as they come. For instance, the Mesa County Sheriff's Posse Poker
Ride, scheduled for Saturday, has been cancelled, as has the Ranch del Soule Dressage Schooling show.
This is The Daily Sentinel article:
Dr. Braden Shafer of Shafer Equine Services in Loma examines a horse with a cut on its front leg. The veterinarian
is monitoring the recent outbreak of equine herpes in Utah. Fortunately, the horse above does not have the highly contagious
By Bob Silbernagel
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
A horse in Mesa County tested positive
for equine herpes Tuesday after attending the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championships in Ogden,
Utah, earlier this month.
An outbreak of equine herpes virus occurred at the event, and two horses in Colorado
have been euthanized as a result.
Horses in four Colorado counties, including Mesa County, are being quarantined
because they are suspected of having the disease.
The Mesa County horse that tested positive Tuesday was one of
three horses under quarantine in the county, and the other two are exhibiting the same symptoms, according to Dr. Braden Shafer
of Shafer Equine Services in Loma. All three are being treated for the virus.
Equine herpes myeloencephalopathy
is a virus spread from horse to horse by sneezing, coughing and direct contact. Although humans don’t get the disease,
they can spread it by carrying contagious material on shoes, buckets, brushes and horse tack.
Dubbed EHV-1, the
disease displays itself first with a horse having a fever of 102 degrees or greater, nasal discharge and lethargy, said Dr.
Bob Bessert of Desert Springs Veterinary Services in Fruita.
Later, it may progress to neurological problems, including
instability in the hind legs and even an inability to stand up.
The three Mesa County horses under quarantine are
at the same facility, where “they’re well-contained,” Shafer said of their voluntary quarantine. All three
attended the cutting horse competition in Ogden, and all are being treated with an oral antiviral medication at a cost of
about $200 a day, Shafer said.
In addition to the infected horses in Colorado and those showing signs of being
infected, horses in Arizona, California, Idaho, Utah, Washington and Western Canada are suspected of having contracted EHV-1.
Veterinarians in the affected regions and state agriculture departments have been sharing information, Shafer said.
“We’re hoping that the horses that were infected don’t infect other horses, and that’s what’s
created some of the hysteria,” Shafer said.
A horse on the Front Range that was euthanized showed “severe
neurological signs associated with the disease,” according to a release from the Colorado Department of Agriculture
on Monday. “A second horse was euthanized with similar symptoms, but test results have not been confirmed at this point.”
All of the infected horses to date participated in the Ogden competition the last week in April and the first week
in May, the Agriculture Department said.
All of the equine veterinarians in Mesa County are working with the Department
of Agriculture and other vets to try to contain the disease.
Bessert offered this advice to area horse owners:
“If you were at that (cutting horse) show, or you traveled through Ogden with your horse since then, monitor the horse’s
temperature and watch for nasal discharge.” If those signs appear, or the horse appears weak in the hind end, call your
Although there is no vaccine proven specifically to prevent EHV-1, there are vaccines that deal with
different strains of equine herpes and may help alleviate the symptoms, he said.
If you haven’t been to Ogden
recently, but want to show your horse elsewhere, you should keep all gear and horse trailers disinfected, minimize direct
contact, especially nose-to-nose contact, with other horses, and don’t share water buckets, brushes or tack, Colorado
State University officials said.
Those who aren’t traveling with or showing their horses should be careful
about bringing new horses onto the property. They should be quarantined, well away from other horses, for at least 10 days
and possibly as long as a month, Bessert said.
For information, go to the Colorado Department of Agriculture website,
EQUINE HERPESVIRUS OUTBREAK
Posted May 17, 2011
County is among the four counties in Colorado with horses being investigated and quarantined for Equine Herpes Virus, according
to a release Monday from the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The othee counties are all on the Front Range — Boulder,
Larimer and Weld.
There have been two confirmed cases in Colorado
of horses with EHV-1 in the past week, and one of the horses was euthanized. A second horse was euthanized, but it has not
yet been confirmed as an EHV-1 victim.
EHV-1 positive horses had recently attended the National Cutting Horse Association’s Western National Championships
in Ogden, Utah. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is working with the Utah State Veterinarian to investigate the
location as a point of interest for the infection.
of Agriculture is urging caution in transporting horses or bringing new horses onto your premises. Some veterinarians are
reportedly urging people to avoid both actions for the time being.
is a link to the Department of Agriculture home page, with several links about EHV-1 on the left side, halfway down the page.
Colorado Department of Agriculture website
PONY CLUB FUN
Posted May 15, 2011
Cora Severs approaches a crossrail
at the Grand Valley Pony Club Benefit Jumper/Equitation Schooling show Saturday at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. It was a fun
day of jumping and equitation classes for Pony Club members and adults. Moose and I participated and had some success, as
did Cricket Donoho and her horse, Junior.
The Saturday show
was followed Sunday by an open show, jointly sponsored by the Pony Club and the Grand Junction Horse Show Association. All
in all, it was a great weekend for horse activities.
ODE TO A BUCKING HORSE
Posted May 13, 2011
Malone, a Fruita musician and horse lover, wrote the lyrics below about a bucking horse who died at a rodeo at the Mesa County
Fairgrounds back in 2006. She said she will be entertaining at the Mesa County Fair July 20 and 21, and hopes to have music
to go with the lyrics by then.
BLACK BALDY by Peggy Malone
This song is a tribute to a horse not long ago
Gave his all, for what
he loved, at the County Rodeo
Born to buck, spin and rear, he did it with such flair
And soon he earned respect
of cowboys everywhere
Black Baldy was his name, he was headin' for the finals
He proved himself top notch,
outshining all his rivals
He was the very best, and just now had reached his prime
The Cowboys hoped to draw him,
so he could make them shine
In chute number 4, he stood stompin' with desire
The cowboy slipped upon his hide,
full of spit and fire
He leaned way back, set his legs, his spirits ridin' high
Black Baldy's muscles quivered,
he snorted in reply
Excitement filled the air , when he nodded for the gate
Black Baldy in rare form, but
soon he'd meet his fate
Like a burst of a tornado,they bolted toward the sky
What happen next, was such a shame
, still makes me wanna cry
This cowboy stayed right with him, but at 7 lost his hold
Black Baldy rose and
twisted, and hurt himself I'm told
He never could get up,as he lay there on the ground
The crowd was hushed in silence,
as cowboys gathered round
Away they gently took him, and the vet came to his side
The word had got around,
just how those cowboys cried
and soon it was decided that nothing could be done
with loving care he left us 'neath
the Colorado sun
Black Baldy Black Baldy..A bronc tried and true
he'll never be forgot, by folks like me and
PONY CLUB — GJHSA SHOW
Posted May 11, 2011
The Grand Valley Pony
Club Benefit, Jumper Equitation schooling show is set for this Saturday at the Mesa County Fairgrounds in Grand Junction.
It is followed Sunday by an open horse show, jointly sponsored by the Pony Clumb and the Grand Junction Horse Show Association.
Both shows begin at 8 a.m., with schooling beginning at 6:45 a.m.
shows sound like a great deal of fun. I plan to take Moose and compete in some of the jumping classes. We're particularly
looking forward to the Rotating Pair Relay — sort of like tag-team wrestling, but for jumpers.
Classes are open to all comers, so come and have fun.
NO HARDHAT FOR THE QUEEN
Posted May 11, 2011
Oh, oh. Queen Elizabeth is in trouble.
It seems she was out horseback riding with two of her grandchildren — both
of whom wore helmets — and the queen donned only a headscarf to cover her hair.
Now a British safety group is criticizing her for not wearing a helmet, as well. Of course, she is 85 and has been
riding all her life without a helmet. And she is one of the longest-serving monarch in Britain's history. Why should she start
TRIPLE CROWN TALK BEGINS
Posted May 9, 2011
that the owners of Animal Kingdom — the chestnut 21-1 shot who won the Kentucky Derby — have announced they will
race their colt in the Preakness, talk of the possibility of the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 has already started.
I certainly liked the way Animal Kingdom ran in the Derby, staying near
the middle of the pack with room to maneuver until he made his stretch run. And he hasn't be overworked. The Derby was only
his fifth career race. But the triple crown is tough to pull off.
To read a good analysis from the Boston Globe, click on the link below.
Boston Globe article on Triple Crown
Posted May 5, 2011
Fruita barrel racer and cowgirl Laurie
Platz has been suffering from a tumor in her lung. Her daughter told me doctors confirmed this week that it is cancer.
To assist Laurie and her family in paying the medical bills, Rim Rock Rodeo Arena on
the south side of the Colorado River in Fruita will hos a Bulls, Barrels, & Team Roping competition — along with
a silent auction — Friday May 13.
The performance begins at
7:30 p.m. (slack at 5 p.m.) Admission is $5 a person, with children under 12 free. All proceeds go to Laurie's Benefit, through
the Bank of the West.
To enter in the Bulls or Barrels, call 970-434-7515.
for Team roping, call 970-270-6224.
DANGEROUS DERBY START
Posted May 5, 2011
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting
article on the most crtical 2 seconds in sport — the start of the Kentucky Derby. With 20 entries, there are more than
twice as many horses as the average race, there's lots of noise and crowd commotion, and jockeys have to maneuver for the
right position within a few strides out of the gate. This photo from the 2009 Derby shows some of the jostling that goes on.
Read more at the link below.
Wall Street Journal article on Derby start
BOARDING HORSES AND DEALING WITH PEOPLE
Posted May 3, 2011
anyone who has ever boarded horses, as Judy and I have at several periods in our lives, this video is too much on the mark.
The sad thing is, my family was much like the "idiot" in this video when
I was a kid and convinced my parents to get me a horse. At least we had our own property to keep the horse.
Thanks for the link, Julie.
youtube animated video on horse boarding
PONY CLUB SHOW COMING
Posted May 2, 2011
The Grand Valley Pony Club is preparing
for its annual spring show at the Mesa County Fairgrounds May 14 and May 15.
Saturday will be jumping and equitation, while Sunday's show will be an open show, with English, Western and halter
classes. It is cosponsored by the Grand Junction Horse Show Association.
To see all the classes on both days, download the showbills linked below.
THREE RIVERS BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN NEWS
Posted May 1, 2011
Three Rivers Back Country Horsemen, of Garfield County, is a relatively new organization. But it is moving forward
with a variety of events:
On May 11, at 6:30 p.m. The group
will hold its regular meeting at the Silt Historical Park, at the south east corner of 7th and Orchard Ave.
On May 14,
it will host a massage therapy presentation with participants horses at Piñon Spring Farm, 2253 Grass Valley Rd., Rifle.
That will be followed by a Trail Horse Trial obstacle school. Call 876-2435 by May 12th to sign up and get directions.
To download the May newsletter and read more about Three Rivers Back Contry Horsemen,
click on the link below.
|Kelly Bowen, Julia, Melissa Jefferson
Walk with horses (and a burro)
To find solutions within yourself
Posted May 1, 2011
which I wrote, was in The Daily Sentinel Horseplay section today.
insists that we pay attention to her. She is described as a social buttefly. She wants to examine my camera, taste my notebook
and my pen. Mostly, she wants to be scratched.
Spud is more laid back — actually, on this sunny spring day, “laid
down” is a more accurate description of his condition. He has no problem if you want to stop and chat, perhaps
do a little scratching as well. But if you don’t, that’s fine.
Julia is a burro. Spud is a paint gelding.
They have distinct personalities and ways of interacting with people. That’s important because they are two of six animal
members of a professional equine counseling and consulting team that helps people and groups better understand their situations
and find solutions within themselves.
Inside Lead Counseling and Consulting is a partnership. Kelly Bowen is a licensed
clinical social worker who grew up with horses, and has worked for many years with Colorado West Mental Health. Melissa Jefferson
is an equine professional working a psychology degree at Mesa State College. With her husband, Jeff, she has traded and trained
horses in the Grand Valley for more than 20 years.
Both have been certified through EAGALA — the Equine Assisted
Growth and Learning Association — to work with horses and people in counseling situations. In fact, they met at and
EAGALA training session. They formed their business in 2009.
Inside Lead conducts a program called “Horsepower,”
through Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, to provide equine counseling for children grieving due to the death
of a loved one.
This summer, they will launch a program called “Horsepower for Survivors” — with the
Western Slope Center for Children — to provide assistance to children who are victims of abuse.
with Gateway Canyons Resort, they have presented a women’s wellness seminar at the resort. This September, they will
offer a retreat at Gateway Canyons for women, involving horses and writing, called “Pursuing You.” It will feature
Mesa State College English professor Ann Leadbetter. Reservations are due by July.
The partners of Inside Lead also plan
to focus more on corporate offerings this year, using horse interaction for things like team building.
Inside Lead doesn’t
place people in saddles on horse’s backs. Instead, clients stay on the grund, working with and interacting with the
“Horses are very much in the moment,” said Bowen. “They’re very in tune. They’ll
sense tension in people.” And that helps people to recognize and deal with the tension within themselves.
whether they’re conducting a therapy session for grieving children or a team-building seminar for a corporate client,
the atmosphere with the horses makes a difference, Jefferson said.
“We’re outside, in the arena. People are
not in their typical setting. Their defenses are down.”
A variety of exercises may be conducted, some designed
by EAGALA, some by Bowlen and Jefferson. They might require participants, leading the horses, to overcome a number of obstacles.
Or grieving children might retrieve balls, with the aid of horses, representing different grief-related issues. They might
use tempura paints to draw symbols on the animals. Or they might write brief messages to lost loved ones and tie them to the
horses with ribbons.
Bowen and Jefferson note which animals members of a group partner up with, who talks first and who
takes on a leadership role. But they don’t dictate what occurs.
“It’s not our job to say, ‘This
is what you’re doning wrong,’ ” she said. “Mostly, it’s an opportunity for introspection.”
And, when horses are involved, such opportunities can involve unexpected and often unexplainable events.
girl, grieving from the death of her father, said she kept her emotions entirely tamped down until she attended equine counseling.
The horses, she said, seemed to understand how she was feeling and helped her to acknowledge her feelings.
was a participant at the women’s wellness seminar, who had chosen a mare, seeemingly at random, to be her partner for
the weekend. The woman started crying when she learned some of the mare’s history — that she had lost a foal in
a traumatic manner. The woman had lost her own child in an accident, and her bond with the horse became stronger.
and Jefferson stress that everything they do is conducted with the safety of people and animals in mind. And they are constantly
updating their training to ensure their activities have clear objectives, that they are focused meetings of horses and humans.
People can learn more about Inside Lead, its programs, partners and equines, at www.insideleadcounseling.com.
attend one of their sessions, or simply go to visit, there’s a good chance Julia will be up by the gate, eager to see
what you’re all about.